Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker

Whether you’ve written no books or fifty, you’re more than “just a writer”. We humans are multi-dimensional beings with facets that reflect both our inner and outer selves. In fact, it’s those very facets that actually make us a writer – without them what would we write? I can get so tunnel-visioned that I forget […]

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Do You Write With Music or Silence?

I spend a lot of time alone but not alone. Cause there’s the cat, the hummingbirds and orioles outside my window, the herbs and flowers on the patio – all bursting with Nature’s own brand of energy. So being alone while I work doesn’t seem so bad. However, the question about being comfortable with silence […]

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Just Released – Evernote for Writing & Research

I just released my latest book, How to Use Evernote® for Writing and Research. I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever written – and one that details exactly how I use Evernote and why every writer should use it too. As I note in the book, I was slow to embrace Evernote. […]

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Once Upon a Time There Lived . . .

Good non-fiction  revolves around a story. Even a cookbook, as evidenced by Lindsay Nixon’s Everyday Happy Herbivore: “Shortly after I finished my first cookbook . . . my husband and I were transferred to St. Maarten for a year. While the prospect of living in paradise was quite exciting, the realization that I’d have to cook […]

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Say Yes to Now

One of my love note (AKA newsletter) subscribers sent me an email telling me that an Anne Lamott quote had really hit her hard. The quote reads: Oh my God, what if you wake up some day and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go […]

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Interview With a First-Time Kindle Author

When I received an email from Udey Johnson, thanking me for my How to Write for Kindle book, I was thrilled that I’d been able to help someone with the structure of their book. I asked Udey if I could interview him and he graciously accepted.  He’s a first-time Kindle author and his book is […]

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Structuring a Non-Fiction Book

From 30,000 feet No, this isn’t a post about writing while flying. Rather, it’s a post about the BIG PICTURE of a non-fiction book structure. How Many Topics Does Your Book Need? Once you’ve hit upon the basic idea for your book, break it down into topics. Think of the book’s structure in the same way […]

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